Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport
Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG)
Paris Charles de Gaulle is the most important airport in France and is one of the busiest airports in Europe. The French also call it l’Aéroport de Roissy, the town where the airport is located. The airport has three terminals which are connected by a free shuttle bus. There are actually more terminals because terminal 2 is divided six different buildings (numbered 2A-2F). This terminal is used for European flights. Terminal 1 is used for international flights and terminal 3 (formerly T9) is used for charter flights and budget companies.
Thanks to the high speed train TGV and regional trains of the RER, Paris Charles de Gaulle has excellent rail connections with Paris, the rest of France, and some other European capitals. The train station can be found in terminal 2. The departure times of the trains can be found on the information board at baggage handling.
Car and bus
The airport is located 23 kilometers northeast of Paris along highway A1 (exit 6 ‘Aéroport Paris-Charles de Gaulle’). You can also reach the airport via the A3 from Porte de Bagnolet (exit 3 connects to the A1, the airport is clearly indicated on the signs).
A shuttle bus leaves every 15 minutes from Place de l’Opéra in Paris (corner of Rue Scribe and Rue Auber) to the airport. The average travel time lies between 45 and 60 minutes. There are also mini buses between the airport and Paris, seats can be reserved at: (tel: +33(0)1 4418 3602).
Car rental Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport
You can find counters of car rental companies (Avis, Budget, Europcar, Hertz, National en Sixt) in all terminals. You can also reserve a rental car in advance using the services provided by EasyTerra,they compare the rates of several providers in a single quote.
A taxi to the centre of Paris costs about €50.00 (day rate). There is also a limousine service that can bring you to the centre of Paris at a fixed rate. These limousines can be reserved through Aéroports Limousine (tel: +33(0)1 4071 8462).
There are parking garages for short term parking close to all terminals. The Holiday Car Park (Parc Vacances) is intended for long term parking (€120 for 8 to 13 days, €175 for 14 to 30 days). There are two other parking lots, Px and Pr, for long term parking (next to hotel Sofitel). Both cost €15.00 per day. There is a shuttle bus between the parking lots and the various terminals.
The Sheraton Charles de Gaulle hotel (tel: +33(0)1 4919 7070) is situated in Terminal 2. Located somewhat further away from the airport you can find Kyriad Prestige (tel: +33(0)1 3429 0000), Ibis (tel: +33(0)1 4919 1919), Novotel (tel: +33(0)1 4919 2727), Sofitel (tel: +33(0)1 4919 2929) and Hilton (tel: +33(0)1 4919 7777). There are free shuttle busses from terminals 1 and 2 to these hotels. There are various other (cheaper) hotels in the immediate area of the airport. For more hotels and reserving online you can go to Booking.com. They have a large offering of hotels with great internet rates.
Shops and restaurants
Terminal 2 has the most extensive offering of bars and restaurants. Terminal 1 also has reasonable offerings, however Terminal 3 only has two bars and two fast food restaurants. The airport also has an excellent selection of stores with Terminals 1 and 2 having the largest selection.
The airport does not have any baggage safes. They have been removed because of security risks. You can find a counter for lost and found objects in Terminal 1 (tel: +33(0)1 4862 1334) and in Terminal 2 (tel: +33(0)1 4816 6383).
You can find information counters throughout the airport (tel: +33(0)1 4862 2280). There you can find, among other things, free maps of Paris and the subway.
You can find the Roissy Charles de Gaulle Business Centre in Terminal 1 (tel: +33(0)1 4862 2290). There are eight conference rooms, three complete offices and a VIP lounge with facilities for telephone, fax and video conferences. Terminal 2 has three business lounges with, among other things, wireless internet.
The airport has excellent facilities for disabled people. You can park close to the terminals at a reduced rate. You can find extensive information about the accessibility of the airport on the website of Aéroports de Paris . If you are traveling with Air France you can contact a special service for travelers with a handicap, SAPHIR (tel: 08 2001 2424, only available in France, €0.21 per minute).
There are First Aid stations in all terminals. You can find the central medical services in Arrivals Hall of Terminal 2, by Gate 017 (tel: +33(0)1 4862 2800 or +33(0)1 4862 5333). Furthermore, you can find ATM's, banks, and money exchanges in all terminals. Silence centres are in terminals 1, 2D and 2F. Post offices are situated in terminals 1 and 2A.
Paris Roissy Charles de Gaulle Airport
Telephone, fax, email
Telephone: +33(0)1 4862 2280
Fax: +33(0)1 4862 0752
E-mail: via website
IATA airport code: CDG
ICAO airport code: LFPG